Periodically, I will share some things that I just plain love to have and use. (Some of these are affiliate links; click here for more info). For spring 2021, here's my short list:
Micro fine-point gel pens by Uni-Ball: I purchased this set of 7 Signo RT 0.38mm pens recently and just love the fine lines they produce for writing notes in my planner, notebooks, and Bullet Journal. I have a tendency to write small, and the micro pen lines do an excellent job of keeping my handwriting neat and discernable. The ink dries fast and comes in a range of colors.
IRIS 12x12 clear storage boxes: I have a growing collection of these containers, which are marketed as scrapbook cases and work lovely as containers for sorting my hand-painted collage materials and ephemera. In my studio, I have these roughly organized by their dominant colors, which helps tremendously when trying to find that ideal piece of painted green paper for use in a collage piece.
CutterBee precision scissors: Over the past few years, our family of 4 has experienced a devastating (to me) shortage of scissors... I contemplated writing "MOM ONLY" on all of my scissors, but eventually just bought THREE(!!) 3-packs of Scotch brand scissors from Costco. This helped to spread a sufficient quantity of scissors all around our home, and of course increased the likelihood that I would find at least one pair of scissors at my favorite scissoring locations (kitchen, desk, sewing table, and painting desk). Those general purpose scissors are great, but the mother of all scissors is this small yellow pair by CutterBee! My family doesn't even know that this tool exists in our house. I have it hidden within my paint brushes in my home art studio space. They don't read my blog so I believe this secret will remain safe. I use these "best of all" scissors for precision cutting collage pieces, and highly recommend them.
Landscape Painting by Mitch Albala: I'm slowly making my way through this book, which was highly recommended by a couple different art instructors I've worked with over the past few years. I tend to have many books and resources in play at once, and this one provides a lot of guidance and creative sparks in my journey towards painting landscapes, both realistic and abstract. Definitely recommend!